Antique Yard Sale Trail in Eastern Michigan

Antique silver teapots, creamer and other utensils at a flea market
Punkbarby / Getty Images

With 11 participating communities and more than 150 miles of sales, Eastern Michigan's annual Antique Yard Sale Trail is a don't-miss event. The sale route runs from the Blue Water Area's M-29 to M-25, along the bank of the St. Clair River and the shores of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay. Not only is the antique trail itself great fun to explore, but the Blue Water Area is also a tourist destination. Consisting of ten waterfront communities, the area is a hotspot for nightlife, music, harbor walks, nature trails, and more.

The Antique Yard Sale Trail Route

The Antique Yard Sale route starts in Sebewaing, Michigan and runs to Algonac, Michigan along Lake Huron, Saginaw Bay, and the bank of the St. Clair River on Michigan highways 29 and 25 (M-29 and M-25). Along the way, you'll experience more than 150 miles of yard sales, antique tents, and community events in the communities of communities include Sebewaing, Port Austin, Port Hope, Harbor Beach, Forestville, Port Sanilac, Lexington, Port Huron, St. Clair, Marine City, and Clay Township-Algonac.

Dates and Times

The Antique Yard Sale Trail is held annually during the second full weekend of August on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The yard sale hours are from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., although individual sellers may set their own opening and closing times

  • 2019 Dates: August 9, 10, and 11

Things to Do Along the Way

The route is specifically designed to allow you to enjoy Eastern Michigan Blue Water Area lodging, dining, and attractions.

Stop to enjoy community events such as Marine City's Maritime Days Festival, Port Sanilac's Antique Fair and Flea Market at the Sanilac County Museum, and Forestville's tent sale (antiques and yard sale fare) on the lawn of Farmhouse Antiques. Clay Township offers a range of yard sales, while New Baltimore has a gorgeous waterfront with park, beach, farmer's market, and downtown shopping. St. Clair boasts the longest freshwater boardwalk in the country, while Port Hope is home to a historic lighthouse.

Merchandise Selection

A wide variety of merchandise is offered for sale along the 150+ mile route. Expect to see:

  • Antiques of all types
  • Used and vintage furniture
  • Glass and porcelain collectibles
  • Pewter and silver items
  • Vintage clothing
  • Jewelry and fashion accessories
  • Coins and baseball cards
  • Books
  • Garden plants and pots
  • Vintage housewares and home accessories

M-25 and M-29 Antique Yard Sale Trail Tips

  • Watch for signs leading the way to off-highway yard sales as you travel through cities and towns.
  • Make your wish list, pack a yard sale toolkit and plenty of cash, and study the The Dos and Don'ts of Garage Sale Pricing before you head to the sale route.
  • In addition to yard sales, watch for local antique shops, eateries, and museums along the way.
  • Don't be afraid to haggle for better deals, especially on the second and third days of the event, but be sure you don't make any huge haggling mistakes.